Clooney bitch slapped London’s Daily Mail today (July 9) for publishing a story claiming his future mother-in-law opposes his marriage on religious grounds.
Oddly, Clooney chose to respond, not on Twitter or Instagram like young Hollywood hipsters, but the old-fashioned way–with a column in USA Today.
What irked Clooney the most was the religious implications in the article. It asserted that his Alamuddin’s mother opposed the marriage because she’s Druze, a branch of Shia Islam.
Then, the paper made a crack about Druze traditions that lead to the murder of brides. Say What?
Knowing the Middle East is a religious tinderbox, Clooney felt compelled to lash back.
“When they put my family and my friends in harm’s way, they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence,” he wrote.
Clooney Wrote: “None of the story is factually (sic) true. (Is there any other kind of truth?) “Amal’s mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage. We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”
In fact, in England it just might be. Clooney should know that British libel laws are far stricter than U.S. laws.
British tabloids could face severe civil penalties and even criminal charges for publishing libelous news.
No surprise, The Daily Mail was quick to apologize and pull down the story.
“We accept Mr. Clooney’s assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologize to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused.”